A California packing company has voluntarily issued a nationwide recall for several conventional and organic varieties of stone fruits packed between June 1 and July 12 because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Wawona Packing Co. of Cutler, CA, issued a voluntary recall on Saturday of conventional and organic varieties of yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, black plums and pluots (a plum/apricot hybrid).
On July 21, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued its own recall of the fruit sold under the Wawona, Sweet 2 Eat or Harvest Sweet brands.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled products were shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products and were shipped in both bags and boxes.
The recalled products can be identified by a list and photographs. Anyone who has the recalled products in their possession should not consume them and should discard them. Consumers with questions may contact Wawona Packing at 1-888-232-9912, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. t0 5 p.m. EDT, or visit www.wawonapacking.com for a copy of the company’s press release.
Wawona Packing has already notified its business customers and requested that they remove the recalled products from commerce. The company is voluntarily recalling these products in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The recall was initiated based on internal company testing. The company stated that it shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and retested, and that subsequent daily test results have been negative.
After the Wawona recall was issued, Wegmans, a NY-based supermarket chain with stores in NY, PA, MA, MD, NJ and VA, announced Sunday that it was recalling several in-store baked desserts sold from June 1-20 because they may contain fresh peaches, nectarines and plums supplied by the CA packing company.
These desserts include various cakes, pies, tarts and other pastries and are labeled with a store-printed scale label that will identify the product and UPC. A full list of the recalled items is available here.
Customers who purchased the recalled products from Wegmans between June 1 and July 20 should discard the product at home and visit the service desk and identify the product for a full refund.© Food Safety News